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Archives - Meetings and excursions 2021

Saturday 5th June - Alternative Excursion-Cape Deslacs

Meet at 10:00 AM at Cape Deslacs, near Clifton. It’s varied, featuring coastal heaths, woodland, coastal cliffs and a short beach walk. The circuit is between 2 and 3 km long. It is low altitude so the forecast wind should not be a problem and showers are not forecast until we have finished.

Directions: Take the South Arm Road and then Clifton Beach Road to Clifton Beach. Turn left into Bicheno St which is the first road as you enter the town. You travel around Pipeclay Lagoon. About one and a half kilometres along the road turn right, into the Cape Deslacs Track,  and a sign indicating the Cape Deslacs Reserve. About half a kilometre along the Cape Deslacs Track is a car park where we will meet.


 Thursday 3rd June: General Meeting

Guest Speaker Keith Martin-Smith will present “Island Life – Hunting for Invertebrates on Tasman Island”.


Cancelled Saturday 5th of June - Excursion to Betsey Island

Read here to confirm the arrangements for the trip. All places are now taken.

The TFNC boat trip to Betsey Island will now be with Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures. We will be travelling on a catamaran which will be faster than the original boat. Departure is at 9am sharp, but please be assembled at Elizabeth ST Pier by 8.45am.

Two documents relating to Betsey Island for your information.

Betsy Island, by Kelsey Aves: From Tasmanian Naturalist 1951

Betsy's Island, extract from Rambles on Betsy's Island by James Erskine Calder, originally published 1876  (but relating to visit 1848)


Thursday 6th May: General Meeting

For members only. 7.15 for 7.30pm, Mather House

Guest Speaker: Clare Hawkins will present: 

'Where? Where? Wedgie! 2018-2020: getting to know our raptors.'

The talk will present a progress report on NatureTrackers’ bird of prey monitoring program, and provide some pointers and discussion on how to improve raptor identification skills.


Sunday 9th May: Excursion to Oatlands area

Following Clare’s talk we will be concentrating on bird spotting, starting in Oatlands at the northern end of Lake Dulverton. We will meet at 10.30 am where the Lake Dulverton walking track starts, not far from the Callington Mill. Final details for the excursion will be given at the General Meeting.


Thursday 8th April: General meeting

For members only. (Note change of day to second Thursday to avoid Easter).

Guest Speaker: Els Wakefield. Els will present:

'Two Voyages to the Southern-most Breeding Sites of the Shy Albatross and a Special Delivery.'


 Sunday 11th April: Excursion to Dooley's Hill Lookout

This excursion was cancelled due to inclement weather

For members only. Starting at 10:00 AM. We will be going via the Zig Zag Track and the Goat Hills to Dooley’s Lookout. Despite the name, this isn’t the Zig Zag Track on Mt Wellington. This one is located off Collinsvale road.

Instructions to the starting point:

1. From the Brooker Highway in Berridale, follow the signage to Collinsvale. This will take you along Berridale Rd.

2. About 2 km along Berridale Road there is a Y-intersection. Take the left hand of the two roads which is Collinsvale Road.

3. Follow Collinsvale Road for about 3 Km

4. On a sharp bend facing into the hill there are a limited number of parking places at the start of The Zig Zag Track which is a gated service road for power lines.

5. If the parking is fully taken, travel further up the road for another 200m. There, on the  crest of a ridge, there is more roadside parking available on both sides of the road.

6. If using the upper car parking area please be careful walking back down to the Zig Zag Track.

https://www.greaterhobarttrails.com.au/track/zig-zag-track/


 Excursion - Saturday 13th March

Excursion to Inala on Bruny Island. For members only.

Address: 320 Cloudy Bay Road, Bruny Island. Commencing at 9.30am

Numbers are limited to 30 members only. BOOK NOW!*  There will also be a Waiting List available in case of overbookings/any cancellations. (The trybooking link has been emailed to all members)

We will be surveying plants, fungi, snails, other invertebrates, etc, but not birds for Inala. Copies of the preliminary survey of Inala species conducted in October 2020 will be made available by email to participants prior to the excursion and there will be some hardcopies available at the Excursion itself.

If doing the excursion as a day trip please aim to catch the 7.30am ferry (and not the busy 8.30am ferry) from Kettering. It will take about an hour to get to Inala after disembarking the ferry.

Interested members will be able to record their sightings in a special project created by Inala in iNaturalist.


 

Annual General Meeting - Thursday 4th March

Thursday 4th March, Meeting 7.15 for 7.30. For members only.

Speakers: Three 10 minutes (approx) talks from:

Margaret Williams: 'Morocco, some geology - a taste"

Mick Brown: 'Birds of Lord Howe Island'

Shortened President's Address: 'The ones that got away'

Followed by Annual General Meeting


 

Thursday 4th. February - General Meeting. For members only.

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Dr. Andrew Hingston (Inala Nature tours and Hon. Research Assoc. UTAS) will present

'Swift Parrots and invasive species.'

Venue: Mathers House, city centre, accessed from Bathurst St

Time : 7.15 for 7.30

 Members only in this Covid era. Pre bookings no longer required but members will  be required to sanitise and provide names and contact numbers on arrival.


Saturday 6th February - Excursion to Echo Sugar Loaf, Randalls Bay

For members only. It takes about one hour to drive from Hobart central to Randalls Bay.

Meet at the Beachside carpark at Randalls Bay at 10am, ready to begin walking. The walk begins by walking aong the beach then climbing the hill. It is a circuitwalk probably of about 6 km. Please have clean boots, waterproof clothing, sanitiser and lunch and drinks. Map and information:

https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2020/11/echo-sugarloaf-walking-track-opening/

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/covid-safe-behaviours